Exchange Visitor Reflections

J-1 Trainees Kick Off the 2017 Holiday Season

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J-1 Trainees Kick Off the 2017 Holiday Season

Kamila Nadrowska is from Poland and is currently training with a food manufacturer in Rochester, New York. My host company had an amazing lunch for the employees, where everybody presented their own favorite dish. I tried several American Thanksgiving dishes, such as roasted veggies, crispy sweet potatoes, cornbread, stuffing, green bean casserole, sweet corn casserole, […]

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Why We Celebrate Diwali: An Exchange Visitor’s Reflection

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Why We Celebrate Diwali: An Exchange Visitor’s Reflection

All cultures have holidays and festivals that capture the uniqueness of the people and country in which they take place. Take a moment to research holidays particular to any given country, and list after list will present itself. Often, these celebrations mark specific religious holidays and come with particular traditions and cuisine that support the […]

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How J-1 Exchange Visitors Celebrated Halloween in the United States in 2016

How J-1 Exchange Visitors Celebrated Halloween in the United States in 2016

Marcal Prats is from Spain and is currently training with a digital communications company in Washington, D.C. On Halloween I hung out with friends around Georgetown in Washington D.C. We were dressed up in costumes specifically for the occasion. I dressed with a horror Halloween Theme. I wore a giant spider on the top of […]

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Around the World in 450 Days

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Around the World in 450 Days

Bastien Chirat has been “extremely passionate about aeronautics” since long before he learned about the J-1 visa or exchange visitor programs. As a committed student at the French Civil Aviation University, he is pursuing a degree in engineering at a highly specialized university where he is gaining technical skills and learning applied econometrics and marketing […]

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Vibrant America: An Experience to Cherish

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Vibrant America: An Experience to Cherish

By Vinayak Gupta, J-1 Trainee from India I set off for an 11-month J-1 training at American Express in Arizona with the primary intent of enhancing my business knowledge and growing my leadership skills. However, I have come to discover various other opportunities that will be useful to me when I return to my native-India. […]

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Riding “The Wave” as a Tech Engineer Intern in San Francisco

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Riding “The Wave” as a Tech Engineer Intern in San Francisco

 By Sander Vocke, J-1 Intern at Mindtribe If you’re a techie, you probably have a few preconceptions about life as an engineer in the San Francisco Bay area. I also did when I began a three-month J-1 internship at Mindtribe, a product development company in the heart of San Francisco. Now the time to return to […]

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How My J-1 Experience Shaped My Entrepreneurship

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How My J-1 Experience Shaped My Entrepreneurship

By Loet Rammelsberg, CEO of Vicancy. While sitting in a high-speed train between Amsterdam and Berlin–on my way to an investors pitch–I’m reflecting on my time in the U.S. a couple of years ago. I was a student of Tropical Agriculture in Wageningen, a town in the central Netherlands, and launched (sort of by coincidence) […]

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My Life in Utah and Georgia

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My Life in Utah and Georgia

Mayur Shukla is from Bilimora, Gujarat, India and is completing a training program in microbiology in Springdale, UT. I arrived in Utah last year on Thanksgiving Day. At first sight, I was really amazed to see the beautiful mountains. It was almost fall, and I saw snow covering the mountain tops and it was very pretty! It […]

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